Want to be more frugal? Check out some things frugal people don’t do and try to adapt them into your every day life. Good luck!
- Pay for Cable – Cable is overpriced. In my town, it’s a minimum of $160 for a standard TV and internet bundle. $160 every single month. That’s absurd. Frugal people lean towards subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, or a combination. This costs much less and you still get a decent selection of entertainment. James and I pay $33 a year for Amazon Prime. I’ve split our account with two other households, and James’ mom lets us use her Netflix account! *Baddabingbaddaboom*
- Buy Bottled Water – We used to buy bottled water. It seems like a harmless expense, but it all adds up. $10 on bottled water each month is $120 a year! We now have different sized water bottles and we take them everywhere with us. It saves us money when we’re out and about, and we reduced our grocery bill by a smidge. Plus – we’re more environmentally friendly!
- Purchase Textbooks at Full Price – never, ever, ever, ever, ever buy a textbook at full price unless that is your LAST OPTION. I spent 2 hours each semester comparing book prices to the bookstore. Chegg, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Rental textbooks, Google shop – you name it, I compared on it for the absolute best price possible. Each time I did this I got 30-50% off textbooks each semester. If you don’t need a physical copy, e-versions are cheaper as well.
- Go into a store without coupons – I don’t care if it’s a single candle, your groceries, or jeans. I don’t care if it’s a brick and mortar or eCommerce store. I ALWAYS look for deals before I shop. I rarely, if ever, pay full price for anything. Your local newspaper is a great source for coupons, if you go into a store every month, subscribe to their email list and receive in-store offers. If you’re shopping online, use Honey (a coupon mining service – totally free). You can also use the shop, abandon your cart, and get a % off email within 24 hours trick. There are tons of tips and tricks to save on any good you can buy.
- Don’t Ask Questions – We don’t just accept a bill at face value. More often than not, there is a way to lower something. This is how I negotiated one of my medical bills. Most people don’t go through the trouble to call customer service and complain about their shitty experience to get a reduced amount on their bill. Most people don’t take the time to negotiate a % off of a bill. Most people pay their bills without thinking they can lower them. Whelp, folks, you can! You just have to take the time out of your day to ask the questions. The worst thing that could happen is they say no. You’ve got a 50/50 shot at lowering an amount owed to someone.